• Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

    There are no treatments to cure sickle cell disease. Instead, treatment is aimed at managing the various symptoms in an effort to minimize complications. The goals of treatment include:
    • Managing acute crisis episodes
    • Managing chronic pain
    • Managing anemia
    • Preventing and treating infections
    • Managing complications and organ damage
    Treatments include:
    New treatments under investigation include:
    • Gene therapy
    • Combination of clotrimazole and magnesium

    References

    Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 22nd ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2003.

    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ .

    Sickle Cell Disease Association of America website. Available at: http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/ .

    Weiner CM. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine . 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw – Hill; 2008.

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